Finally feeling like a summer night in LA, it was going to be a sweaty one inside the tiny Echo with four bands on the bill. I wondered if the long line of â€śall agesâ€ť would get in as quite a few came sans tickets. If not, Two Boots Pizza next door might make them feel better. Anyone who frequents The Echo/Echoplex knows Two Boots; the fact that you can order a slice inside the bar area during the show makes this venue unique and welcoming.
A number of people inside recognized each other, talked about other shows theyâ€™ve recently attended, and how they were looking forward to Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls. The first two openers Soft Healer and Dunes were unfortunately, not memorable. The beer-drinking crowd was a little restless and it was going to be a long night with DDG set to play at midnight.
Rugged black leather jackets soon appeared on stage, as the members of Crocodiles arrived and quickly took to tuning their guitars. Notice was taken and bodies moved a little closer to the stage. Luckily I snapped a couple pics before they started as they played in almost complete darkness aside from a couple red lights resting on the floor. Crocs were tight, no conversation, guitar driven, and definitely Jesus & Mary Chain influenced.
The time had finally come for the female quartet fronted by writer/vox/guitarist Dee Dee to deliver the spunky, retro feel we were all anticipating, and deliver they did. Dressed in black and white with funky tights, some dark lipstick, a couple of tats, a nose ring – DDG had even the boys singing along word for word. I even caught a fellow photog lost in the spunky retro beats.
Starting out as a solo project, Dee Dee now has a full band with Jules (guitar/vox), Bambi (bass/vox), and Sandy Vu (drums/vox). With their first full-length album I Will Be, Dee Dee and the girls are definitely headed in the right musical direction. This album is perfect for summer parties, driving around or anytime you want to feel good. There is a sound that is missing in LA and Dum Dum Girls have it.